• Massimo Bartolini


    In this exhibition, Massimo Bartolini engaged the space through metaphor; conceiving of the art gallery as a jewel case—as a place where the artwork/treasure is enclosed and guarded—but with obvious irony. Stretching the metaphor, Bartolini entitled his show “Cofanetto” (Jewel casket). He took some 40,000 pearls from a costume jewelry supplier and exhibited them in the gallery. Rather than showing them all heaped up, he strung them together in an interminable line that ran along the corners of the space, the edges of the ceiling, the floor, the walls, around the windows—everywhere the edges of

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